Tempting as it is to munch on the vending machine treats during the working day, it’s not doing your waistline, health, wallet or even productivity any good. Incorporating fresh food into your daily diet will spark a mental boost and increase alertness that ensures you’re ready for anything. The fresh stuff is all about preparation and there’s no need to drive cross country like Ben and Justin with a fridge strapped to your ride, Freshpedition style. Seriously, how long does it take to slice some fruits? There’s really no excuse, so chuck out all that pre-packed, processed crap and fill your fridge with wholesome goodness.
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Breakfast - Yep, we know the score. One of life’s great ironies is that the day’s most important meal is the one that also takes the most effort to make. It has got nothing to do with the meal itself of course, it’s just that reaching for the snooze button always seems far more inviting than reaching into the refrigerator or cupboard. But do it. A handful of blueberries or a sliced banana over your cereal goes a hell of a long way to fighting off those mid-morning blues, plus a great way to sneak a portion of your daily fruit allowance into the start of the day. And you know what, the healthier your lifestyle, the easier it is to get up anyway, trust us.
Snack 1 - There’s always one kind-hearted (generally overweight) co-worker who brings in a communal box of donuts, and don’t you just love/hate him/her for it? Well, next time you reach for one of those sugar-packed treats, take a good look at the size of the person’s gut that brought them in and smugly opt to grab a yoghurt instead. Not only will it satisfy your sugar craving, but it’s jam-packed with calcium and probiotics.
Lunch – Big leafy salads are the obvious choice, and easy on the dressing of course. If you have a bigger hunger hole to fill then go for a wholegrain sandwich or wrap with plenty of veggies, lean meat and, again, swap the butter for a healthy spread or better still, avocado.
Snack 2 – Mid-afternoon is when the salt cravings kick in and tempting as it is to reach for a bag of chips, you know what to do. Don’t! Trust us, nuts and seeds are the future. Not only a tasty treat, but bursting with fiber, protein and good fats that even help to lower cholesterol too - how cool is that?
Dinner – Sometimes the last thing we feel like doing when we get home from a long day’s slog at the office is cook, but even if you decide to opt for a frozen meal, spruce it up with a few side servings of greens and carrots, they’re a cinch to prepare. Diced carrots and zucchinis are an ideal addition to any pasta sauce too, but if you really must order in a pizza, for the love of God go for the vegetarian option. You know it makes sense.
With ultra-filtered water from the first ever hands-free dispenser, and micro-climate controls powered by TwinChill technology, the new GE French Door Refrigerator is engineered to push the limits of fresh.
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A fast, easy, no-nonsense and no-mess way to a beautiful glass of iced coffee. Simply load the Bodum Bean Set Ice Coffee Press with ground coffee and cold water, leave it overnight in the refrigerator and once plunged the following morning, you’ll be served with an iced-treat worthy of the finest of European cafés.
The MakerBot Mixtape offers a nice dose of nostalgia to this digital music age. MP3 capabilities wrapped within a funky case that looks just like an 80’s cassette and without the reams of endless tape that always eventually clogged up your stereo. The inside memory card detaches and can be swapped with likeminded musical souls meaning that you can create your very own playlists to share with others - because nothing says I Love You like a mixed tape.
Even chicks dig Audis, though for different reasons to us guys and this Audi R8 V10 Plus is the epitome of German automotive engineering coolness and performance. The V10, 550hp engine along with the seven speed gearbox will see it do 0-62 in three and a half seconds and reach a top speed just shy of 200mph. And of course, being German it comes with a host of smart accessories and a kick-ass stereo system too.
The perfect addition to any gamer’s array of gadgetry weaponry. The Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700 offers optimum comfort and ultimate playability, without that pesky cable snagging or getting in the way. It’s got a stupendous amount of buttons, a textured grip and even comes with a battery which recharges via USB, what more do you want?
Not only is the audio world awash with countless devices for our iGadgets and portable media gear, but it seems to become more saturated by the month. Of course, there’s a whole host of quality stuff on offer out there all claiming to possess the goods to blast our audio senses into outer space, but seriously, who has the time to test them all? Luckily for you, we do, and we may have just found our new favorite piece of listening kit. Gentlemen, we bring you the Phoenix Speakers, by Beacon.
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It’s not the size that counts, but what you do with it, right? Wrong, well usually anyway. The rule of thumb has always been that small speakers equal bad speakers, plagued with that tinny, distant effect that makes it sound as though your favorite band is performing from an underground drain. So kudos to Beacon here, for they have produced something only about the size of a coffee cup that is capable of producing a noise loud enough to shatter a coffee cup. Not just any old noise either, but crisp, sharp, depth-laden quality noise that even at mid volume will fill a small room. The tough as nails construction of the Phoenix also means that even at full whack, there’s minimal distortion to its glorious sound.
The sound was definitely better with the line-in, but we still totally preferred to use the Bluetooth playback option. It was an absolute cinch to get it connected, and, to our ears, there was absolutely no detectable audio distortion through the lack of wire. On the downside, we found that as soon as we ventured past the advertised 35-feet connection pick-up range, then it did struggle.
The gleaming controls of the Phoenix do take a little bit of getting used to, and though they look like state of the art ultra-touch-sensitive types, they’re not. The buttons are actually of the push/click kind and each one has a couple of functionalities that you’ll need to figure out. For example, the volume control also doubles as the skip track button, so there is the danger that as you raise the noise you may inadvertently flip to the next song unless you remember to hold the dial down.
Build and Quality
One of the most impressive aspects of the Phoenix lies in its construction. It’s both solid and lightweight, with no excess or unnecessary cheap-looking plastic parts. The funky cube design, available in red or blue, looks contemporary and chic and its rubber feet ensure improved sound isolation that makes the performance sharper still.
We’ve been sent a hell of a lot of speakers to test, and none of us can remember one sounding as crisp as this one. Not only that, but the Phoenix is so versatile too, meaning that you can enjoy it on the go, chilling in the park, or catching some rays on the beach. At only a hundred dollars it’s an absolute must, though your neighbors may just beg to differ.
Basic with a touch of hip is what you will experience with the Fodada Otasan Cardigan. Made with 50% polyester, 37.5% combed & ring spun cotton, and 12.5% rayon, the Otasan Cardigan will be super stylish while remaining super cozy. The blend of materials allows for the fabric to be washed multiple times without showing signs of wear.
It may just turn you into a creative genius, Imagine: How Creativity Works certainly shines a light on some highly interesting and entertaining creative facts. Written by New York Times best-selling author Jonah Lehrer, Imagine: How Creativity Works is a fascinating insight into the world of possibility. Did you know creative companies have their bathrooms in the middle of their buildings or that the color blue can actually double your artistic output? No? Then read on…
Add a touch of class to your iPad with the ElementCase Wood iPad Case. This protective carbon-fiber case features an attractive wood grain veneer, combining modern technology with old-fashioned style in a perfect harmony of old and new. The Wood iPad Case is extremely light and thin, and is shaped to fit snugly onto the iPad while still allowing the user to use the touchscreen and ports.
Looking for headphones that deliver premium quality sound but also offer the ultimate in comfort? House of Marley Exodus Headphones fit the bill. Featuring extra-soft ear cups with excellent noise isolation, the Exodus Headphones use 40 mm drivers to produce high quality sound. The headphones are produced using natural, eco-friendly materials, including recycled wood and soft leather.
The Stripe Ibiza Swim Short by 2(X)ist will ensure you’re the most stylish guy on the beach this summer. With European design, functional pockets front and back, a funky exposed striped waist band and draw cord to ensure they don’t fall down the Stripe Ibiza Swim Short sure will draw some admiring glances down on by the sea. Six-pack not included.
For those that need to take their smartphones quite literally everywhere, the LifeProof iPhone Case is the only way to do it. Weighing less than an ounce, waterproof, high-degree of shock and impact protection, fully sealed and only adding an extra 1.5mm to the size of the phone, the LifeProof iPhone Case means whether skiing, constructing, showering or even surfing, your iPhone will remain protected. Though, if you’re skiing, probably best to stop before you take a call.
Switching a light on, then off, then back on again can be as boring as hell can’t it? Not with the Bang Desk lamp - home illumination will never be the same again. Not only does the Bang Desk Lamp look ultra-hip, cool and minimalistic, but it comes with its very own gun that when fired switches the light on and off. If you live in Texas, just make sure you pick up the right gun when the light’s off.
Eco-friendly, foot-friendly and of course, fashion-friendly, Soludos Street Ettiquette bring you the funkiest range of walking attire for the long hot summer. Available in a range of colors, made from 100% natural cotton and double stitched with inner linings, Street Ettiquette unlike many lightweight imitations, are also designed to last too.